Au Revoir

Au revoir. Last night I wrote these French words inside a funny card, slipped it into an envelope, taped it to a mini version of Claire’s new favorite, Ritter Sport dark chocolate with marzipan filling, and slipped it into her already stuffed backpack. I hope it will make her laugh when she finds it.  She’ll... Continue Reading →


The Locavore

I just finished shopping at our little local grocery store, and I’m deep in self-analysis. The store is Crop’s Fresh Marketplace, but to me it will always be Croppers, its original and forever name in our local vernacular. We moved to East Brandywine Township twenty years ago. I didn’t pay too much attention to anything... Continue Reading →

Setting Sail

or The Boy About To Leave There’s a quote I love, about ships and harbors. Ships are always safest in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are made for. The time left to Owen as a real kid is now measurable in months instead of years. Eighteen is leering at me. Not only will... Continue Reading →

Friends and Mothers

Do you know the sitcom, Friends?  Probably, but if not, a quick sketch: Six twenty-somethings living, working, loving, and learning to be adults in 1990s New York City. Along with the show’s humor are the salient, poignant bits and bites that make a sitcom applicable to real life. I watched Friends religiously with my college roommates every Thursday... Continue Reading →

Mad Mother Marches Into Movie Theater

Happy New Year, everyone! Enjoy my latest post from the Baby Merlin Company blog.   A few weeks ago, my youngest child, aged thirteen, put together a plan to go to the movies with a friend. It would mark the first time Katie was going to a movie sans adult. She’s a smart and careful... Continue Reading →

Clearing the Cobwebs

Halloween 2018: Only one out of three kids will be trick-or-treating tonight, and it may be the last time altogether. We almost never know when it's the last time for anything, but I think that's usually a good thing. A memory popped into my head a few minutes ago as I was scrubbing my oven.... Continue Reading →

Benefit Book Signing — October 23

I will be doing a book signing for A Robin's Pageant during the annual book sale hosted by the Lionville School of Dance competition team. Tuesday, October 23 4:30-6:30 Lionville School of Dance 11 S. Village Ave., Exton, PA 19341 (same building as the Lionville Fire Co.) I'd love to see you there! All proceeds... Continue Reading →

Oh Honey, Who’s Looking At You?

Kelly Corrigan is one of my favorite people – at least one paper. I don’t know her personally, but as a writer she is honest and self-revealing, she zeros in on the essentials with humor and grace. We grew up in generally the same era, and she writes eloquently about family and motherhood, which is... Continue Reading →

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